The sea shore in Concarneau, Brittany (Bretagne), France. Men seated on rocks in the old medieval Ville Close. Sail boats in the harbor in the background. Men, women and children near houses. Two elderly men talk to each other in Breton as one smokes a pipe. Two men row a boat with people in it. The boat reaches the shore and people get off, mostly women and children. They walk up a cobbled sidewalk. Their wooden shoes or clogs click loudly as they walk. Women talk in Breton, laugh and shout as they wash clothes. They use brushes and beaters. A young girl washing clothes. Women dry out the clothes on a lawn and hedge.
Rocky cliffs at the Pointe du Raz on the west coast of Brittany France (or Bretagne). Waves crash into rocks at the shore. The lighthouse of "La Vieille" is visible off the rocky point. Numerous sail boats and fishing boats in a quiet harbor, likely in Concarneau.
Festivities during the Inauguration of "Monument aux Bigoudens" in Pont l'Abbe, Bretagne (Brittany) France. Large crowd of children and adults in traditional Breton costume. People hold flags. They proceed down a town street toward the waterfront. There, on a large wharf, a sailing vessel is docked (no sails visible) and groups of men view the festivities from its masts and rigging. Children dance in a circle. Women in Breton costume are seen wearing a variety of tall lace coifs. Couples dance inside a circle as people watch. Musicians play instruments called: Biniou Coz and Bombarde. Spectators applaud. Emile Cueff, the local Bard, and his wife, sing a duet. Their daughter, Annick, stands between them, holding their hands.
American troops and war correspondents in France, during World War 2. They visit Mont Saint Michel, a small rocky island at the mouth of Couesnon River in Normandy, separating Normandy and Brittany. View of the island with a monastery at the top. War correspondent Robert Capa (of Life and of Time Magazines) looks on and takes pictures. Military jeeps leave the island. Madam Poulard stands under a sign at her Hotel Poulard. Sign for the Hotel and its reputed omelette. Soldiers on the street. Shops and French flags. GIs at the Benedictine Abbey and steepled church. An old French man points. U.S. Soldiers take a tour of the monastery with a woman guide. Steeples, towers, arches and other architectural features of the abbey and monastery. War correspondents including Charles Collingwood, Chicago Daily News' Helen Kirkpatrick, New Yorker Magazine's Joe Liebling (Abbot Joseph Liebling) and Warden Becker. Helen and Charles pose for the camera. Ernest Hemingway, covering for Colliers Magazine, drinks and talks to Bill Walton. War correspondents including Bill Stringer seated and walking on the street. They visit the monastery and take pictures. Civilians on the streets. Tall sticks in sand placed by German forces around the island to prevent Allied planes from landing at low tide. Three war orphan brothers whose parents were killed at the battle of St Lo, play on the beach as their grandmother looks on. Views of the island and patterns on the sand around the island from the receding waters of low tide. St. Malo, Brittany: Field near Saint Malo. American soldiers bathe and swim in a lake. They fool around in the water, taking a break from battle.
The German assault on France during the Battle of France in World War II. German troops and cavalry advances in France. A sign for Paris, Soissons, and Aisne. German forces enter Paris. Soldiers raise a Nazi flag on the Eiffel Tower. Aerial view of Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysses and the city of Paris. German troops march before the Arc de Triomphe at Champs Elysses. They pass various Parisian landmarks. German officers in Paris salute parading troops and award Iron Crosses. Close up views of faces of German soldiers in award ceremony. An animated map depicts the German advance towards Normandy and Brittany. soldiers work on the streets. They carry planks and other equipment and climb uphill. German cavalry and infantry cross a river. German artillery bombards the Verdun forts. Soldiers load and fire artillery. A German General reviews troops in Verdun. French troops surrender. Wrecked forts and a WWI monument. German infantry parades past the forts. French civilians and French POWs (Prisoners of War). German forces pass abandoned war material. Troops advance through French towns. German tank men study maps. German soldiers at a road block.
A U.S. delegation visits Normandy, France, 25 years after the Allied invasion of France during World War II. Soldiers and Honor Guard lined up. Military band plays. A cameraman records as a correspondent speaks. Children carrying American flags lined up along a path. Military officers seated in chairs. Civilians stand behind barricades. French officers at the ceremony. A helicopter in flight. A French Breton woman wearing a traditional hat of the Concarneau region. American officials including General Omar Bradley and his wife, along with General J. Lawton Collins. U.S. Ambassador to France Robert Sargent Shriver is also seen. Close views of General Bradley and General Collins seated side by side. British and American flags raised at the ceremony. A sign on a memorial reads 'In memory of our dead 1st Engineer Special Brigade'. A French flag raised. British, American, French and Canadian flags near the memorial at Utah Beach in Normandy. Military Honor guards standing at attention. Two U.S. Army soldiers in a small tank vehicle near the officials. The turret revolves. General Collins assists a soldier in lighting a flame torch. The soldier gets onto the tank. General Collins places flowers at the memorial.